The annual advance of sargassum to Trinidad and Tobago’s shores is once again a cause for environmental concern, however the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has begun cleaning up the seaweed which has inundated some beaches.
The THA’s Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment, said in an update Monday that backhoes had begun clearing away the seaweed from Delaford Bay, Tobago.
“Sargassum removal work is apace at Delaford Bay, Tobago; beach clean-up and clearing a path for fisherfolk to return to the sea commenced this morning.”
“Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Sargassum Management Committee was ready and geared up to conduct monitoring and intervene quickly in areas most affected and in need. This activity is estimated to last some 10 days, during which the beached and dried material will be transferred to an appropriate location.”
“Sargassum seaweed returned to our shores last Wednesday 29 April, 2020. No worries, #wevegotthis #diqeworks #qualityworksforyou”
Sargassum has returned to Trinidad and Tobago’s shores in huge quantities over the past few years, affecting in particular the activities of nesting leatherbacks, which return to the country’s shores between March and August each year.
The THA has warned the public not to eat fish caught in the sargassum as they may be toxic.